For a Little While

For a Little While

by Rick Bass


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Winner of the 2016 Story Prize
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
100 Recommended Books of 2016 -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A literary titan...Bass is, hands down, a master of the short form, creating in a few pages a natural world of mythic proportions." -- New York Times Book Review

Long considered one of the most gifted practitioners of the short story, Rick Bass is unsurpassed in his ability to perceive and portray the enduring truths of the human heart. Now, at last, we have the definitive collection of stories, new and old, from the writer Newsweek has called "an American classic."

To read his fiction is to feel more alive -- connected, incandescently, to "the brief longshot of having been chosen for the human experience," as one of his characters puts it.These pages reveal men and women living with passion and tenderness at the outer limits of the senses, each attempting to triumph against fate. Bass provides searing insights into the complexity of family and romantic entanglements, and his lush and striking language draws us ineluctably into the lives of these engaging people and their vivid surroundings. The intricate stories collected in For A Little While -- brimming with magic and wonder, filled with hard-won empathy, marbled throughout with astonishing imagery -- have the power both to devastate and to uplift. Together they showcase an iconic American master at his peak.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316381147
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 501,665
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Rick Bass, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for his memoir Why I Came West, was born and raised in Texas, worked as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi, and has lived in Montana's Yaak Valley for almost three decades. His short fiction, which has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire, and The Paris Review, as well as numerous times in Best American Short Stories, has earned him multiple O. Henry Awards and Pushcart Prizes as well as NEA and Guggenheim fellowships.

Table of Contents

Selected Stories

Wild Horses 3

In Ruth's Country 23

Redfish 37

The Watch 45

The Legend of Pig-Eye 82

The History of Rodney 99

Fires 112

Field Events 124

The Hermit's Story 163

The Fireman 177

Swans 195

Elk 212

Pagans 221

The Canoeists 241

Goats 245

Her First Elk 270

Titan 285

The Lives of Rocks 297

New Stories

How She Remembers It 343

The Blue Tree 360

Lease Hound 373

The River in Winter 404

Coach 411

An Alcoholic's Guide to Peru and Chile 427

Fish Story 458

Acknowledgments 467

Credits 469

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